I am posting a departure from my usual introspection to promote what most people would consider as a good deal for a niche site. If you’re the perennial deal hunter like me, you most probably spend a lot of time on Groupon, LivingSocial, CoupFlip, Gilt City, Retail Me Not or other local deal sites. If you’re a frugal business owner seeking to maximize technologically advanced tools to foster efficiency within your company, you know that this endeavor can mean lots of money. But since you have the resourcefulness of a deal hunter, you’ll find out soon enough there are free and low-cost tools that can help you obtain your overall productivity goal.
At this time and age, who does not want a good deal? The good thing I recently discovered is that there is not just one, but many. And I am highlighting three of the best deals that one can find online:
Efficiency is key for business success. CRMs, intranets and other corporate platforms have been invented to serve this purpose. But unfortunately, most of them aren’t easy on the budget.
Bitrix24.com is a corporate intranet platform that’s absolutely free for small businesses with 12 employees or less. Bitrix24 collates several different applications and combines them all in one work panel. These applications include a free CRM, free live streaming, free workforce management, free file sharing, free activity planner and monitoring system, and a whole host of other systems. Since it is Cloud-based, it doesn’t need to be installed and can be accessed anywhere via a smartphone or a browser, making your work station mobile and not confined in a single location. To accommodate an unlimited number of users, an upgrade is available, costing only around $99 a month.
With Google.com, Amazon.com, and Monsters.com being exceptions to the rule because of their counterintuitive nature, a domain that accurately describes what the website is all about is necessary for every business owner or webmaster. Nine out of ten websites are quickly forgotten by most online readers. Like in finding a life partner, a lot of the good domains are already taken, and seeking a branding agency’s help can potentially violate a deal hunter’s frugality code. Branding agencies charge up to thousands of dollars for their services.
PickyDomains.com is an online naming solution that utilizes crowdsourcing to come up with unique, easy-to-remember, catchy and relevant slogans, domains and names. In operation since 2007, PickyDomains has a contributor base of over 50,000 registered members from all over the world. To start receiving naming proposals, simply register and become a client, pay $50 for a name or domain, or $75 for a slogan, and provide a list of your naming guidelines. If no suggestion satisfies your parameters, you get your money back, making the service 100% risk-free.
Since I joined the transport sector for a while, I learned how to travel a little and I know what a big difference seat sales can make. Deal hunters like me love cheap tickets. But deal hunters may not love the fact they need to spend a great deal of time scouring for cheap airfare tickets online, especially since individual airlines confine their best promos into their own sites. The reason why airlines do this is because the competition in the airline industry has become so stiff that pitching their deals to comparison websites can mean the death of a potential sale. Competitors can easily snatch customers away by giving out cheaper offers than the ones they have.
This brings us to an important question: what if there’s just one place to search for cheap tickets?
JetRadar.com is a search engine that systematically searches through 700+ websites, hundreds of flight and online ticket brokering sites for the best promotional offers, and publishes the data for the public’s easy access in a single site. This, in turn, greatly diminishes the effort and time needed to find the deal that’s the most suited to a would-be traveler’s needs.
So there you have it, three good sites for deal hunters. And I won’t be surprised if you can maximize your deal finding experience with the aid of these very useful tools.